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According to The Telegraph, Everton are interested in landing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who is rated at a whopping £58.5m.
Well, if the Toffees pulled this one off, it would arguably be the biggest coup of the summer.
The Ivory Coast international finished behind only Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring ranks last term, after netting 22 goals to help Lille secured a 2nd-place finish and a Champions League spot for next season.
Pepe hit 23 goals in all competitions, and appears to be one of the hottest prospects on the market right now at the age of just 24 – it could be argued that he hasn’t even hit his peak yet.
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Marco Silva is in the market for a left-footed attacker who can also play on the right – as a result, the likes of David Neres, Bertrand Traore and Barcelona winger Malcom have also been linked with a move to Goodison Park.
One of the biggest dangers that comes with securing a marquee signing is the player’s intentions beyond that specific career move.
The 6 foot forward has already been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Inter Milan.
In a report from the print version of L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) last month, it was revealed that Pepe hoped PSG ‘positioned themselves’ to lure him to the French capital along with the Reds and Inter.
The fact that the Ivorian hoped that a European powerhouse such as the Ligue 1 champions got involved in the frantic race for his signature shows that he may have loftier ambitions than a club of Everton’s stature – no disrespect to the Toffees.
That is the one thing that the Merseysiders must be wary of – Pepe using them as a stepping stone.
Of course, it will all be bright and rosy if Marcel Brands can somehow lure this in-demand star to Goodison Park, but Everton must have his future intentions in the back of their mind at all times.